I don’t know how we end up doing a movie marathon last night when my real reason for going to that 3-hour long way from home was to talk and discuss business. Yes, business.
Next thing we know, we’re so hooked up with what we’re watching (We started with Friends with Benefits) that we had to literally pause (while No Strings Attached was about to start) and buy bottles of San Mig Light and Tanduay Ice at the nearest 7-11 store for a more heartfelt viewing experience. Chos.
But, really, beers and chips while watching movie – splendid! One really gets to connect even more to the plot and the story line – or not, maybe it’s just me. Haha.
Oh well, forgive me for being biased but here are the reasons why I love Friends with Benefits compare to No Strings Attached.
1. Mila Kunis as Jamie – she is just so adorable and so natural and so hot.
I saw both Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman in Black Swan but watching them separately this time gave me a chance to focus on each of them and here I can relate much or identify with Mila and her character here compare to Natalie. She really shined on this movie.
Jamie is a headhunter in New York who is so passionate when it comes to work and I think every female young professional can relate to her – driven and fun to be around with yet like any other girl – believes in a happy ever after.
Her basis for that is not fairytales, though, but hollywood movies, which is basically the same thing – less the gowns and the tiaras and other fairytale stuff but with these modern hot chick outfits that are to die for, really.
2. ‘Friendship is a Four Letter Word‘
What I liked about Friends with Benefits is the title appears naughty giving one the impression that it’s all about the benefits part. But the story is really about friendship and the love that comes out of friendship. Like what the tagline of the movie says ‘friendship is a four letter word’.
And it’s a mutual decision of both Jamie and Dylan (Justin Timberlake) to not involve emotion other than friendship because one is emotionally unavailable and one is emotionally damaged.
Unlike in No Strings Attached, although the title suggests holding back the involvement of emotions, the story’s tagline is ‘friendship has its benefits’ so this movie ended up focusing more on the benefits part.
And it’s mostly one way – only Emma (Natalie’s character) is holding back and who has lots of ground rules for her and Adam (Ashton Kutcher).
Learning: Love that comes out of friendship is more likely to result in a happy ever after ending because even without commitment or title or sex … friendship will work its way to keep that relationship and that connection. It’s a strong bond because in friendship, there are no pretenses and no fooling around.
3. They exposed some of the cliches in a relationship!
a. ‘Let’s chill for a while’ – Synonym: time apart. Translation: break up. There’s no such thing as cool off these days. Cool off is a cliche.
b. ‘It’s not you’ – Hello, of course this will never be me. Do you expect these words to make one feel better? Duh! Cliche.
c. ‘Let’s be friends’ – Come on, how can you befriend someone who broke your heart? Maybe after a couple of years, but right after? Cliche.
d. ‘Let’s keep in touch’ – What for? And would he, really? Cliche.
And my most favorite one …
e. ‘I’m done with the relationship thing’ – Nah. No one will ever get done with the relationship thing. It will take time but you will always find one worth being into that relationship thing again. Check?